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shrimp

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noun \ˈshrimp, especially Southern ˈsrimp\

Definition of shrimp

plural

shrimp

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shrimps

  1. 1 :  any of numerous mostly small and marine decapod crustaceans (suborders Dendrobranchiata and Pleocyemata) having a slender elongated body, a compressed abdomen, and a long spiny rostrum and including some (especially family Penaeidae) that are commercially important as food; also :  a small crustacean (such as an amphipod or a branchiopod) resembling the true shrimp

  2. 2 usually disparaging :  a very small or puny person or thing

shrimplike

play \ˈshrimp-ˌlīk, ˈsrimp-\ adjective

shrimpy

play \ˈshrim-pē, ˈsrim-\ adjective

Examples of shrimp in a sentence

  1. He's a little shrimp of a boy.

  2. the boy was just a shrimp until his teens, when he had a growth spurt

Origin and Etymology of shrimp

Middle English shrimpe; akin to Middle Low German schrempen to contract, wrinkle, Old Norse skorpna to shrivel up


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms


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shrimp

verb

Definition of shrimp

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to fish for or catch shrimp

1808

First Known Use of shrimp

1808

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms


SHRIMP Defined for English Language Learners

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shrimp

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noun \ˈshrimp, especially Southern ˈsrimp\

Definition of shrimp for English Language Learners

  • : a small shellfish that has a long body and legs and that is eaten as food

  • : a very small or unimportant person


SHRIMP Defined for Kids

shrimp

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noun \ˈshrimp\

Definition of shrimp for Students

  1. 1 :  a small shellfish of the sea that is related to the crabs and lobsters and is often used for food

  2. 2 :  a very small or unimportant person or thing



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